Washington, D.C. September 6-8, 2023
Senator Marsha Blackburn was sworn in to the Senate in January 2019. In 2018, the people of Tennessee elected Marsha Blackburn as the first woman to represent the Volunteer State in the United States Senate. She serves on the Deputy Whip Team and is a member of the Finance Committee; the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee; the Veterans Affairs Committee; and the Judiciary Committee. She serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security and the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. Marsha dedicates her public service to promoting opportunities for women and making America a more prosperous place to live. A longtime ally of entertainment industry professionals, Marsha began her career in public service in 1995 when she was named executive director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission.
While serving in the Tennessee Senate, Marsha led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat a proposed state income tax. The tax was defeated, and Marsha’s leadership earned her a reputation as an anti-tax champion. Before her election to the Senate, Marsha represented Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, where she became a leader in the fight for a small, efficient federal government that is accountable to its citizens. She continued her advocacy on behalf of creators and rights-owners, establishing the bipartisan Songwriters Caucus and fighting for passage of the Music Modernization Act, which revolutionized music licensing processes. In 2016, Marsha won passage of the BOTS Act, which empowered the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to crack down on digital scalpers.
Marsha’s leadership philosophy is based on her experiences in the private sector as a small businesswoman and author, and as a mother and grandmother.
Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson is the neurosurgeon who performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins. He later became active in politics and served as U.S. secretary of housing and urban development in the administration of U.S. Pres. Donald Trump. In 2012 Dr. Carson published America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great (cowritten with his wife), a work reflecting his growing interest in politics. In mid-2013 he retired as a surgeon, and the following year he joined the Fox News Channel as a commentator. In 2014 he wrote (with his wife) One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, and the following year he entered the 2016 U.S. presidential election race. In the 2015 volume A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties
In 1994 Dr. Carson cofounded the Carson Scholars Fund, an organization that awarded scholarships to students who had demonstrated academic excellence and community service. He received numerous awards during his career, including the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom, given to him by U.S. Pres. George W. Bush. Dr. Carson also traveled as a motivational speaker, was an outspoken supporter of creationism, and was the subject of the 2009 made-for-television movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.
Dr. Tim Clinton
Licensed as a professional counselor and as a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Clinton is recognized as a world leader in mental health and relationship issues and spends much of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He has authored or edited nearly thirty books including Take It Back: Reclaiming Biblical Masculinity, The Heart & Strength of Being a Man, and his latest book, Focus on the Future: Your Family, Your Faith, and Your Voice Matter Now More Than Ever out now.
Steve is a lifelong sportsman and grew up in Bozeman, Montana. After attending public schools (K-12) in Bozeman, Steve worked his way through college at Montana State University and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He spent thirteen years in a management role for Procter & Gamble, and then returned to Bozeman in 1997 to work in a family construction business.
In 2022, Steve received the “Life in Congress – Workplace Environment” Democracy Award from the nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation
(CMF). The award recognizes offices that have established both formal policies and
Steve has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 36 years. They are the parents of four children and proud grandparents of four. Steve and his family are actively involved in their church and community volunteer organizations and enjoy backpacking, hunting, skiing, and fishing.
(The President’s Faith-based and Community Initiative), and CityServe: Your Church-based Guide to Compassion—co-authored with Wendell Vinson and includes forty leading experts in community-based and global compassion. Mr. Donaldson is an advisor to Produce Alliance Foundation and serves on the National Faith Advisory Board. He and his wife, Kristy reside In Bakersfield, California and have 4 grown children and 1 grandchild.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary recognized his impact in these overlapping life arenas with an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree in 2013 and in 2015, Mid-America Christian University presented him with an Honorary Doctorate of Biblical Literature. Mr. Green is also chairman of the board for Museum of the Bible. In his role as chairman, Mr. Green has assembled a team of academics, designers, technology professionals and other experts to create
the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible, dedicated to a scholarly and engaging presentation of the Bible’s impact, history, and narrative.
Mr. Green has authored four books: Faith in America (2011), The Bible in America (2013), This Dangerous Book (2017), and This Beautiful Book (2019). His books can be found in Hobby Lobby stores across the nation, and online.
Mr. Green and his wife, Jackie, have been married for more than 30 years and reside in Oklahoma City, where Hobby Lobby is headquartered. Their family includes a son, five daughters, a daughter-in-law, three sons-in-law and six grandchildren. They are actively involved in their local church, as well as with many national and international Christian ministries and charities.
U.S. Senator James Lankford
James and his staff enjoy serving people from all backgrounds across Oklahoma. As Ranking Member of the Government Operations and Border Management Subcommittee, which covers border security, management, and operations; regulatory reform; and the federal workforce. He demands we have a secure, more fiscally responsible, and transparent federal government, and our nation remains the world leader. He believes that the federal government has an important role in our nation,
James was recognized as the Senate’s top-ranked “Taxpayers Friend” by the National Taxpayers Union for his strong record in support of lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom. His annual Federal Fumbles report is a must-read in Washington, DC, because of its commonsense solutions to the problems our federal government faces. He has also been recognized by many other organizations for his work toward increased personal freedom, economic growth, and religious liberty.
James lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Cindy. They have been married more than 30 years and have two daughters, Hannah and Jordan. He enjoys spending time with his family, working in his yard, and reading.
Michael McAfee is the President and Co-Founder of Inspire Experiences. A background in church ministry, a passion for God’s Word and a commitment to discipleship drove Mr. McAfee to found Inspire to help disciple makers teach the Word of God. His most impressive life accomplishment is escaping the “friend zone” with his wife, Lauren, when they were in high school. They have two daughters, Zion and Zara. Mr. McAfee co-authored a book on Next Gen Bible engagement titled Not What You Think, and has a book releasing in September titled Beyond Our Control.
courts, federal and state district courts, and the Texas Supreme Court.
Mr. Sasser currently serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and at Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Wendell Vinson and his wife Lynda became pastors of Canyon Hills Church, Bakersfield, California, over thirty years ago when it was a small congregation in need of revitalization. Today Canyon Hills is one of the leading multisite churches in Southern California, pioneering fresh approaches to church planting, church renewal, and taking the gospel to unreached tribes. Mr. Vinson’s unwavering compassion to love people to Jesus inspired innovative ways to better serve their community, such as Fort Faith, an award-winning children’s ministry center; Champion’s Club, a state-of-the-art center designed specifically for children with special needs; Florence Gardens Senior Living Center, an affordable housing development for seniors; and Frazier Woods Conference Center.